On 27th September 2019, TOM House was honored to host an artist’s reception for a beloved Friend of Tom, Nayland Blake. For over 30 years, Blake – an influential artist, curator and teacher – has been a critical figure in American art, working between sculpture, drawing, performance and video.
In this video created by Tom of Finland Foundation especially for the reception, Blake shares their insights on Tom of Finland’s early work and its continued impact on culture. Blake discusses in detail the ways in which from the mid 1900s, Tom was a part of connecting gay people to one another through art magazines, such as Physique Pictorial. Blake also emphasizes the ways in which Tom’s work countered the idea that Gay people, especially Gay men, were effeminate figures. They underscore the ways in which Tom created longstanding cultural imagery tied to uniforms and leather.
Published: 18th January 2021Tags: Nayland Blake